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Jakarta Post

Apple makes a comeback in Indonesia with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

  • Winny Tang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 31, 2017   /   02:40 pm
Apple makes a comeback in Indonesia with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus A customer sets up his new iPhone 7 plus as he switches from the iPhone 6 at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue during the release of the Apple iPhone 7 and the latest Apple Watches in Chicago on Sept. 16. Apple is making a comeback in the Indonesian market with its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. (AP/Kiichiro Sato)

United States technology giant Apple Inc. has returned to Indonesia, resuming sales by delivering its latest products, the iPhone 7 and 7 plus.

The move comes after Apple fulfilled the requirement to use minimum 30 percent local components in its smartphones by building a US$44 million research and development (R&D) center in BSD City, Tangerang, Banten.

(Read also: Apple’s first R&D center to operate in second quarter)

Hundreds of people flocked to Galeri Smartfren on Jl. Sabang, Central Jakarta, on Friday, eagerly waiting to get their hands on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus. Pre-orders were on offer between March 24 and March 30 by Apple’s official partner, local telecommunication operator PT Smartfren Telecom.

Karina Dwi Handayani, 32, left her house in Pondok Bambu, East Jakarta early in the morning and arrived at the location at 6:20 a.m. She could not hide her enthusiasm about her dream gadget, an iPhone 7 128 GB.

“I bought this because I need a new phone. Previously I had an iPhone 4s,” said Karina, a loyal fan of Apple products.

Like many other Apple consumers, she believes the latest version of the smartphone applies the most advanced technology.  

Smartfren offers the iPhone 7 and iPhone plus in two one-year bundling data plan packages, namely the iPlan 350 and iPlan 485,. 

The iPhone 7 32GB  is the lowest priced at Rp 13.19 million (US$1,043) with a iPlan 350 bundling plan, while the iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB with a iPlan 485 bundling plan is priced the highest at Rp 19.02 million. (lnd)